The Spirit of Buddhism and the Essence of the Buddha in "Siddharta"
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This paper gives a personal reflection of Herman Hesse's novel, "Siddhartha." The reviewer describes how the spiritual message of the work spoke to him. The review includes a plot summary and character analysis. It also address the similarities between the protagonist, Siddhartha, and the Buddha. The review concludes by noting how conventional religion offers few if any opportunities for spiritual growth.
From the Paper:"Siddhartha starts his life as a privileged Brahman who is being trained in the austere religion of his father. His parents love him, and he them. Siddhartha also has a strong affection for his friend Govinda. The two boys share their discomfort with the Hindu religion, not on any theological or philosophical grounds but rather on the practical use of the Brahmanic teachings. Siddhartha finds that the teachings of the Brahmans have become superficial rituals. With a natural curiosity about the meaning of life, Siddhartha finds himself drawn to the band of nomadic mystics called the Samanas. Joined by Govinda, Siddhartha finds solace in the escapist, ascetic lifestyle of the Samanas."
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The Spirit of Buddhism and the Essence of the Buddha in "Siddharta" (2011, October 11) Retrieved July 12, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-spirit-of-buddhism-and-the-essence-of-the-buddha-in-siddharta-148331/
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